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Rhonda Gage
February 1
Mark Murray
February 2
John Elchert
February 24
Brent Mercer
February 25
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Mark Murray
February 2
Tiffany Olsaver
February 17
Alan Ellerholz
February 24
Barbara Mitzel
David Mitzel
February 20
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John Bartoszewicz
February 3, 2016
2 years
Chip Moore
February 14, 1985
33 years
Nate Smith
February 21, 1990
28 years
Jacob Maxson
February 23, 2017
1 year
Luke Barnett
February 23, 2017
1 year
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We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Lenawee Country Club
4110 Country Club Rd
Adrian, MI  49221
United States
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Launch Detroit - PDG Larry Wright

Mary Murray introduced her dear friend and our speaker today, Larry Wright (shown here with President Nate), Past District Governor, member of the Taylor Rotary Club and the founding member of the very successful Launch Detroit Campaign. He is the owner of Wright’s Landscape Services in Brownstown, Michigan, He and his wife, Sarah, have been extremely active in their club and district levels. About one year ago, Mary said, Larry was one of six people in the world who was recognized in New York by the United Nations for Launch Detroit!


Larry began by saying that it was great to be back in Adrian after so many years and that we had a dynamic club and that “one of his favorite people” besides Mark and Mary, was Dave Maxwell who was club president in the 95-96 year when he was District Governor. "Dave and the Adrian Rotary Club came through in a big way donating money to the RI Foundation that year to reach their goal!"


Larry began his presentation of Launch Detroit by showing a brief video highlighting the various individuals who got involved in the program and started their own successful businesses in the greater Detroit area, they very city that filed for bankruptcy six years ago and they year Launch Detroit was birthed! Ideas, he said, actually came from what the Grameen Foundation was doing in Bangladesh with micro lending.


A committee was formed to discuss doing it in the US. While the money is important to prospective entrepreneurs, Larry said, even more important to them was education and training. The four legs of the Launch Detroit the committee decided were: Small Business Classes, Micro Loans (up to $2,500 at 5%) Mentoring, and Networking. Funding for Launch Detroit has come in part from organizations like Baker College, the Michigan Women’s Foundation, Presbytery of Detroit and Level One Bank.


Attending the district’s first Small Business class, Larry said, were 13 budding entrepreneurs. They have recently partnered with Wayne State University’s Mike Illitch School of Business. The program continues to grow thanks to Larry’s leadership and his committee! Larry stayed after the meeting to meet with others in attendance to discuss how our club might want to get involved or do something similar.

Vocational Lunches – President Nate extended his thanks to those who participated and particularly to Kevin Marti for hosting the event. He also thanked Jesse Pizana from D & P Communication and Luke Barnett from the Sam Beauford Workshop for offering to host. Pictures are posted on the club's Facebook page.
The Great Pasty Project – President Nate also personally thanked members who helped out this year. Some 2,900 pastys were made! Pictures are posted on the club's Facebook page.
Ribbon Cutting at new Child Advocacy Center – President Nate also thanked Sue Lewis and John B. for attending and taking part in the open house last Friday. Pictures are posted on the club's Facebook page.
Morning Club’s Annual Celebrity Wait – President Nate also thanked members who participated in this event last Saturday. About 180 people attended.
District Conference 2018 – President Nate reminded members that all first time attendees will get a stipend of $150 toward their expenses to this important event and matched by District. If you are thinking about attending, please contact President Nate.
Meals on Wheels – Rhonda announced that she received a letter from Council on Aging who said they needed volunteers like never before. If you can spare 2 hours each month, please contact Rhonda. A very rewarding program for people who are in need.
Purity – Rhonda shared great news about Purity who will be attending Bowling Green State University for her Master’s degree (1-year program) on a full paid scholarship! Congrats, Purity. Really proud of you and your accomplishments and the future you have ahead of you!
DATES TO REMEMBER - FEBRUARY –  Peace & Conflict  Prevention/Resolution Month
February 2 – Strategic Planning Meeting – Board members and officers will be at Gleaner’s to discuss and update the club’s strategic plan.
February 9Annual Walk for Warmth – REMEMBER: It will begin at 1:30pm with registration. Patty reminded members to post the flyers she passed out last week. Pledges and donations are welcome (Checks to be made out to: Community Action Agency). Patty said that those who will be walking will be done within a half hours’ time. All of the money raised, she said, stays in Lenawee County as it will go the Community Action Agency!
February 22The Art of Mingling – More info coming.
February 22Meet the Governor-Elect – This event will be hosted by the Southgate Rotary Club at noon and your opportunity meet next year’s DG, Paul Sincock. Please let President Nate know if you would be interested in attending.
Upcoming Club Program Presentations
Feb 9 - Anne Sherman, Hospice of Lenawee
Feb 16 - Chuck and Nate follow up on strategic plan
Feb 22 - Melissa Growden from Siena Heights University - Meet & Greet
GUESTS: Former member and returning to the club - Catherine Sala; Chuck Davis, a soon-to-be-new member who has turned in his application.
FINE SESSION -  Rod Pender
This is Rod's month and he fined these folks:
Moore (3), Marti, John B., Smith, Baldwin, Gage, Mercer, Mark M., Chase (3), Dick (2), Lewis, Pender, Elchert, Keller, Barnett.
Happy Bucks – Gage, Hokenson, Smith, Davis.
50/50 Drawing

Catherine Sala’s ticket was drawn so won $26 but no one won the $47 jackpot!!


SONGS: Mark - solo without Helen

TABLE HELPERS: Kathye & Rhonda and Susan



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